Based on the play The Matchmaker by Thornton Wilder, Hello, Dolly! tells the story of New Yorker Dolly Levi, a matchmaker hired to arrange a marriage for half-millionaire Horace Vandergelder, owner of Vandergelder's Hay and Feed Store.
A recent widow, Dolly comes to the conclusion that Vandergelder
own perfect match.
So when she
arrives in the small town of Yonkers, she
immediately plants seeds of doubt in Vandergelder's mind about Irene Molloy, the pretty young woman she
has picked out for him.
After Dolly and Vandergelder
depart for New York, two of his
employees, Cornelius and Barnaby, decide to take advantage of Vandergelder's absence.
The young men sneak off for their first-ever peek at the big city.
They want to experience everything-maybe even kiss a girl!
Upon arriving in New York, the two have the misfortune of spotting Vandergelder on the street.
Though Dolly and Irene attempt to hide the boys from Vandergelder
quickly realizes, much to Dolly's delight, that his
intended fiancée is hiding a roomful of men.
Vandergelder storms out indignantly, which suits everyone just fine, for Cornelius is already smitten by Irene, and Irene has already admitted to her
assistant, Minnie Fay, that she
was about to accept Vandergelder's proposal only to escape the drudgeries of the hat shop.
Dolly suggests the boys take Irene and Minnie Fay to dinner at the fashionable Harmonia Gardens to make amends for ruining the meeting with Vandergelder
shows up at the same restaurant, mayhem erupts, and by the time the confusion is over, everything may just have worked itself out-even if it isn't the way one might have expected when the evening began!
This year's musical features several popular songs, including "Before the Parade Passes By," "It Only Takes a Moment," and, of course, "Hello, Dolly!"
The Orange City production stars Donna Muilenburg as Dolly and Tom Hydeen as Horace Vandergelder